Ambulatory Health Care Services: NAICS 621

About the Ambulatory Health Care Services subsector

The ambulatory health care services subsector is part of the health care and social assistance sector.

Industries in the Ambulatory Health Care Services subsector provide health care services directly or indirectly to ambulatory patients and do not usually provide inpatient services. Health practitioners in this subsector provide outpatient services, with the facilities and equipment not usually being the most significant part of the production process.

North American Industry Classification System

The ambulatory health care services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Offices of Physicians: NAICS 6211
  • Offices of Dentists: NAICS 6212
  • Offices of Other Health Practitioners: NAICS 6213
  • Outpatient Care Centers: NAICS 6214
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories: NAICS 6215
  • Home Health Care Services: NAICS 6216
  • Other Ambulatory Health Care Services: NAICS 6219

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in ambulatory health care services. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2014
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2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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6,668.3 6,688.5 (P) 6,712.4 (P) 6,726.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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5,712.1 5,725.0 (P) 5,756.4  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

193,630

Medical and health services managers

83,970

Medical assistants

443,850

Medical secretaries

337,310

Registered nurses

 

Note: These employment estimates include employment in both the private-sector and government.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for ambulatory health care services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in ambulatory health care services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$29.83 $29.92 $29.94 (P) $30.11

Average weekly hours

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31.9 32.2 31.8 (P) 32.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$23.84 $23.94 $23.90 (P) $23.99

Average weekly hours

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31.3 31.6 31.2 (P) 31.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

$19.33 $20.27 $40,200 $42,170

Medical and health services managers

$40.50 $46.62 $84,240 $96,970

Medical assistants

$14.22 $14.71 $29,570 $30,590

Medical secretaries

$15.26 $15.92 $31,740 $33,110

Registered nurses

       

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in ambulatory health care services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

65 59 52 (P) 47

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

2.8      

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.0      

Cases involving days away from work

0.7      

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.3      

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in ambulatory health care services.

Establishments

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2013
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2013
1st quarter
2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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561,475 564,643 566,523 (P) 569,773

Local government

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2,069 2,083 2,081 (P) 2,103

State government

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1,025 1,034 1,023 (P) 1,033

Federal government

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517 514 513 (P) 513

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: October 21, 2014